The Campus Climate Initiative (CCI) collaborates with higher education administrators to ensure a positive campus climate in which Jewish students feel comfortable expressing their identity and values, free of antisemitism, harassment, or marginalization. We recognize that key administrative leaders play an essential role in effecting broad-based educational and policy change on campus, and that university-Hillel partnerships can catalyze positive changes that benefit Jewish students and all students. The CCI model involves partnership between the college or university administration, local Hillel, and the CCI team. To date, 40 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada have participated in the Campus Climate Initiative, including Cohort 3, which was announced in September 2022.

Application

Is your campus community seeking to understand and effectively address antisemitism? Are you dealing with student issues arising from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Are you interested in exploring ways your institution can support Jewish students within the context of diversity, equity, and inclusion work? 

The Campus Climate Initiative (CCI) provides college and university administrators with opportunities to seriously explore these topics — and create meaningful action plans — alongside a community of peers from institutions around North America. This collaborative, educational, and practical experience offers administrators on participating campuses, in partnership with their local Hillel professionals, to engage together with us in:

Antisemitic incidents on college and university campuses represent a threat to our values and our ability to create communities that respect the fundamental dignity and human rights of all members. Addressing them challenges us to take a hard look at difficult questions affecting our campus climates and our society more broadly.

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University

As part of the cohort experience, participating campuses will:

Higher education institutions are encouraged to apply for the fourth cohort. Applications will open in early 2023. For more information, contact [email protected].

The workshops, trainings, resources and support have been invaluable to us as an institution. We are particularly appreciative of the cohort model as we get to learn from, and share with, our peers.

Tiffenia D. Archie, Ph.D. Associate Vice President & Chief Inclusion Officer, Temple University

43% of Jewish students in the U.S. report having experienced or witnessed antisemitism on their campus

Antisemitic incidents on U.S. campuses have tripled over the past five years. Hillel-ADL survey

Previous Cohorts

Forty colleges and universities have participated in the Campus Climate Initiative.